After telling a student that she had a “kill list” of students and also other faculty members, a 5th-grade teacher in Indiana has been placed under arrest. The principal waited four hours to inform police, and she wasn’t arrested until the next day.
The St. Stanislaus Catholic Parish School teacher, Angelica Carrasquillo-Torres, 25, informed the school’s principal that the student’s astonishing report was accurate. The school is located about 20 miles south of downtown Chicago according to ABC News.
Fifth-grade student Portia Jones told CBS “She said that she wanted to kill her middle school friends, her high school friends, and half of her family,”
“Then she admitted that she had a kill list,” the girl said.
“I’m really, like, scared and worried,” she added, according to WLS-TV. “She said she wanted to choke us, and she wanted to kill herself.”
On Wednesday, October 12, at about 12:45 p.m., a 5th-grade student informed their school counselor that Carrasquillo-Torres made comments to them about committing suicide and murdering students, and colleagues on campus according to Timcast News.
The teacher likewise allegedly informed the student that she has a “kill list” and that the student was at the bottom of the list.
“The teacher was immediately escorted in to the Principal’s office to discuss the matter,” according to a statement released by the East Chicago Police Department via their Social media.
“While discussing the matter in the office the teacher allegedly admitted to the Principal that she did in fact make those statements to the student and confirmed that she did have a ‘kill list.’ During the conversation, the teacher named a specific student on her list, but did not provide the list. The Principal then advised the teacher to leave and not return to school pending an investigation.”
Police officials said that “the East Chicago Police Department was not made aware of the situation until 4 hours later after the teacher was allowed to leave. Once Officers were notified they completed a report and notified the Criminal Investigation Division.”
The principal is currently facing significant blowback from angry parents for not notifying the authorities sooner.
“The original email that we received last night had no information of what was going on other than there was an issue in that specific classroom,” Kirsten Saldivar, the parent of a Pre-K student at St. Stanislaus School, told a local Fox affiliate. “We knew nothing and we went about our normal schools days like nothing was wrong.”
The following day, the department was able to secure an emergency detention order for the teacher.
Carrasquillo-Torres was then apprehended at about 11:15 a.m. at her Griffith, Indiana residence without incident.
The situation continues to be investigated and it does not appear that any charges have been filed against the teacher as of this writing.